The Florida State Seminoles have been nothing short of dominant on the recruiting trail during his tenure, and that trend continued on Sunday with the news that one of the top defensive ends in the country, Michael Barnett, would be committing to Tallahassee.
Josh Newberg and the folks at 247 Sports were the first to break the news on Sunday.
Michael Barnett was one of the best DEs we saw at camp last week. http://t.co/Zk8lptmUOq
— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) June 15, 2014
The commitment comes just as Barnett had left the Florida State camp over the weekend, so Coach Fisher, the rest of the staff and the entire campus obviously left a good enough impression for Barnett to decide to return for good as a member of the 2015 recruiting class.
Barnett, out of Dorchester, South Carolina is considered the 11th overall prospect in the 2015 class at his strong-side defensive end position and the fourth overall player in the state of South Carolina.
When asked about his decision to attend FSU, Barnett pointed toward both football and academics.
“Because I like the staff,” Barnett first told 247Sports.com on Sunday afternoon. “They have my major (Broadcast Journalism). (Defensive ends) coach (Sal) Sunseri pushed me at camp. He taught me new things. He helped me with my footwork and reading blocks.”
In addition to the offer from Florida State, Barnett was said to be interested in a plethora of other top programs such as the Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs.
Im Proud To Announce That I`ll Be Spending My Next 3-4 Years At Florida State University !
— Michael Barnett Jr. (@JermaineJr77) June 15, 2014
The 6-4, 248-pounder has a unique blend of size and speed off of the edge, and should be a nice contributor down the road to a Florida State defensive unit that has been one of the more dominant in the past few years.